The Wider World

“Obstruction” issue is raised

MAR-A-LAGO as it appeared in 2009 (Wikipedia).

The redacted affidavit for the search warrant of former president Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home could indicate that issues of obstruction of justice may be raised.

According to The New York Times, the affidavit stated that there was “probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found” if the search warrant was served.

Federal prosecutors will invoke the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which cover knowingly concealing or destroying documents to impede the official work of the U.S. government. Such an accusation could be brought against Trump or his aides, if found to be true.

The former president has said that the documents at home were either not “top secret” or had been de-classified by him in his role as chief executive.

First steps to a return to the moon

NASA will take a major step on Monday toward returning man to the moon when it conducts an unmanned test of the new Space Launch System, which combines the Artemis I rocket with the Orion capsule.

United Press International reports that this represents a major step forward for the space agency after the cancellation of the space shuttle and space plane programs.

The return to space would involve a lunar space station by 2024 with a trip to the moon’s surface possible by 2025.

Sports: Angels on a (modest) win streak

Shohei Ohtani (11-8) showed why he’s considered an all-time baseball great with his feats against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

He pitched seven two-hit shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels (54-78) won 2-0 for their second consecutive win. He struck out nine batters and walked just one.  At bat, he reached base twice on walks.

His team had six hits. David Fletcher had three hits from the leadoff spot, raising his average to .290. Andrew Velasquez hit a solo insurance home run in the ninth.

The Los Angeles Dodgers (87-38) lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins in Florida. Mookie Betts hit his 30th homer of the season in the third, but the Marlins scored one run each in the fourth and the sixth.

Trea Turner had two hits for the Blue Crew. Dustin May (1-1) took the loss, working six innings and giving up five hits and two earned runs. He struck out four and walked one.

Weather: Cool, then a heat wave

Enjoy the relatively cool weather for the next day or so, because there’s a heat wave coming for the West Orange County area. The forecast calls for a high Sunday of 80, with an overnight low of 66 under partly cloudy skies. Monday will be similar at 83 (66). The sun takes over on Tuesday with a high of 87  (68). Wednesday will break into the 90s, a phase which could last a couple of weeks.

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